One to One Mentoring (Emotional Health and Wellbeing/Alternative Education Placements)

by Krunch

Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent
Mark Cavell
0121 552 5556
9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

We work with students from many Sandwell and Dudley educational establishments including primary, secondary, Special schools, pupil referral units and those out of education. We also provide alternative education placements and small group interventions receiving referrals to all our services from schools, children’s services, youth offending services, police and care providers.
Beneficiaries will receive (content will be tailored appropriately for the individual):
• 1-hour sessions of face to face mentoring or, where necessary, virtual mentoring via phone/ video call (min 6 sessions)
• Individual target setting with each young person via Outcome Star at the beginning and end of the intervention. Outcome Stars also incorporate short term action planning.
• Emotional Health and Well Being checks
• Facilitating the hearing of the young person’s voice with all involved professionals
• Facilitate open and honest discussion around issues which are currently affecting day to day life at home, in education and the community
• Open and honest discussion around issues such as: Self Esteem, Confidence, Healthy Peer Relationships – Power and Control, identity and culture/ seek positive relatable role models
• Education (where necessary) around weapons and the law, the reality of gang involvement and prevention of CCE
• Supporting students to transition/settle back into educational settings and manage the lasting effects of COVID-19
• Delivery adapted to SEN needs – our Mentors differentiate for EHC plans and notable emotional health and wellbeing issues
• Signposting to specialised services where necessary e.g. mental health, GP, sexual health in conversation with school staff.

Referrers will receive:
• Weekly feedback for all mentoring sessions provided to all relevant professionals Summative report at end of intervention (also the parent/carer and any other relevant professionals).

Specialisms – but not an exhaustive list:
• CYP who have low confidence, low self-esteem and difficulties expressing, understanding and managing their emotions
• CYP who struggle to make and maintain relationships
• CYP who exhibit challenging and/or unacceptable behaviour towards peers and authority figures
• Low level mental health issues such as low mood and anxiety • Supporting transitions between schools or year groups
• Developing an understanding of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked to aid change in difficult areas of life
• Understanding anger triggers and our emotions eg teaching basic brain science – flight, fight and freeze and the amygdala
• Developing coping strategies for stress
• Work to prevent or reduced identifiable risk factors which affect safety: grooming, exploitation, negative peer group, violence, criminal behaviour, a family history of offending
• Any other issues which compromise a student’s emotional health and well-being, such as long-term health conditions, grief and loss, school performance worries, loneliness and isolation etc…

Krunch Mentors take a person-centred approach to engagement; attending to the child’s individual needs and giving them confidence to take actions to improve their own health, wellbeing and life situations. Our delivery also takes an asset-based approach in mentoring sessions, wherein we focus on a student’s existing gifts, talents and resources. The goal here is to build confidence in these strengths and release potential in the individual. Our staff also interweave a solution focused outcome approach which is widely advocated by the NSPCC. This way of working treats the child or young person as the expert on their own life. We ask questions to help the young person begin moving towards the future they want and help them make positive changes in their lives.

We use Outcome Star target setting to capture this.

• Suitable for pupils aged 9-19 years
• Adaptable for those who find learning/educational settings difficult
• Aims to improve student’s personal and social experiences in daily life, as well as develop general life enhancing skills and future aspirations
• Individualised programmes of work which seek to increase skills for independent living
•Central focus upon building resilience, improving emotional health and well-being and promoting good mental health
• Accredited units of learning capture and reinforce positive and specific achievement. Length of programme/sessions…
• Sessions can last between 1 and 2 hours depending on the needs of the young person and mentor availability
• Minimum 10 week programme recommended • Sessions can be at Krunch premises or at your premises
• We do not offer full time respite placements but you can make Krunch sessions part of your pupil’s 25hr a week timetable
• We set targets and review them regularly and agree a reporting structure with referring agencies that suits
• A bespoke package for an individual can include more than one session a week.


Opening hours

Morning Afternoon Evening
Accessibility details
We have a good awareness of the SEN categories and frequently associated diagnoses such as ADHD, autism and anxiety. We have close links with CAMHS, as one of our staff is a therapist seconded there. We also work with the Inclusion Support Team and have access to support if we are not familiar with a particular medical diagnosis, neurological disorder, or area of learning difficulty. Our staff team are also aware of attachment theory, the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and they all work in a trauma informed way. Krunch works daily with children from local Sandwell Special Schools, Westminster and Brades Lodge as well as SEN YP from local colleges. We bespoke all of our interactions and provision to meet physical, sensory and emotional needs. On average, at least 30% of those students we work with on a weekly basis will have some kind of SEND and we are used to working with those who have full statements/EHC plans both in groups and a one to one setting. We successfully provide education sessions and accreditation for young people living with a wide range of SEND.
Staff qualifications
We have a longstanding, stable staff team with a plethora of qualifications: qualified teacher and mentors, therapist working alongside Sandwell CAMHS, internal moderation for accreditation, youthwork, Masters Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Masters Applied Psychology, Counselling (various stages of training), Diploma in Trauma Recovery. Career backgrounds of our staff relevant to this contact include: teaching/mentoring - mainstream, special, Steiner and free, young offenders institute, post-16 college, homeless foyer, life coaching, church youth worker, stay at home parent, child sexual exploitation, teenage mental health. Our staff undertake regular training on a range of topics which affect our service users, both inhouse and via Sandwell Children’s Trust, Safeguarding Board and quality external providers. A sample of training sessions this past year: • Suicide Awareness • Betsy de Thierry trauma consultant - online how to help the angry, frustrated child • Risk, Rights, Resilience & Relationships: safeguarding and supporting adolescents - Research In Practice • Safeguarding 16-25-year olds • Effects of Domestic abuse upon children • Managing sexualised behaviour in schools • County Lines, gang affiliation and Exploitation • Equality diversity and inclusion training
Additional notes
• The Krunch referral form must be completed and sent to Mark Cavell at This does not guarantee a place on the project. • You must provide us with a key worker within your school with whom we can liaise • We require parent/carers to complete Krunch consent form • We expect referrers, parents/carers and participants to completed short feedback questionnaires for us in order that we can evaluate service delivery and project impact • We set targets with the young person and review them regularly and agree a weekly reporting structure to someone at school (usually via email) • A final report summarizing our intervention and the achievement of the young person will be sent to school and home and other involved professionals for whom we have consent • All Krunch staff have an enhanced DBS certificate and Safeguarding Training • Krunch has public liability insurance, a current Safeguarding Policy, Health and Safety Policy and many of our staff are First Aid trained • Our face to face mentoring sessions are risk assessed too. Our staff are trained and regularly updated in relation to Social Distancing rules and hygiene procedures in line with changing government and educational guidelines For further information please call Krunch and ask for Lynsey Grant or Mark Cavell and we will be happy to discuss the referral process and the project with you.